Changes at the Top!

As we near the end of June, an update:

This week saw some excellent weather and…some dynamic movement on the ladder!

Gino Galutera and Tom Walsh are now assuming the #1 and #2 rungs respectively: well done, gentlemen.

Ryan Losey and Alex Vena also made pretty big leaps this week…and some week 1 revenge today from yours truly on Mr O’Cleirigh. The JP rivalry is REAL. And far from over.

We also have a new leader on the Points Ladder, Victor Hart. Nice work getting out there Victor!

We had a new member to the ladder added just today and yes, please let any friends know that they can still join any time during the summer.

Weather looks good later in the week. Challenge away!

Be well.



Have a little Hart!

Greetings Tennis Ladder 2020

just a little update after week one to let you know that Mr Victor Hart sits alone in the Points Column, with Mr Meneccheti and Mr Krasikov directly below: well done Gentlemen.

looks like the most nail biting match happened this week between Mr Krasikov and Mr Wood, a 10-8 tie breaker sealed the deal for Mr Krasikov. Well done, Roman.

Early part of the week looks good so let’s get out there and WERK!


Take a Rung! Join the Ladder!

Hey folks!
your long legged ladder Facilitator here, happy to report that after our initial invite last week, the ladder is 17 players strong and…there is still room! In fact, the ladder extends as long as needed to accommodate all! All info there on home page. 10 bucks for the whole shapoopie and official challenge matches begin June 8!
Also know you can join Any time this summer if you’d like to wait a bit.

LADDER 2020!

Registration now up on home page (10 bucks!) for Summer Challenge Ladder 2020. A few new rules you will see related to social distancing but yeah, it’s on! The weather is gorge and the ladder awaits your arrival. Will you take a rung? Will you win a prize?

Dust off that racket and join the Summer Ladder. Nice way to meet some new peeps.

I am your host, Doug Lockwood. I also play. Tennis. See you out there. Re-read all the rules, new and old and remember, its all about having some fun and getting some exercise.

To give you some time to get your strokes back, the ladder will start on Monday, June 8. Enjoy!!

Andreescu! Nadal! Legendre!

Well folks, the 2019 US Open and Summer Challenge Ladder have officially come to a close.

Congrats to Bianca, to Rafa and…perched still at the top of the ladder… is newcomer Jeff Legendre. Well done,  Jeff. You could not be shook. While it will most likely not be 3.8 million dollars, we hope you enjoy your well deserved gift.

On the ‘Points Ladder’, First and Second gift prizes will also be award to Scott Enos with 57 points and to newcomer Meng Kang with 49 points for. Way to challenge and be challenged out there, guys!

A prize for the biggest ascension of the summer will be given to Roman Krasikov. Fine work out there, Roman. I’m only sorry we never got to battle this year.

Thanks for the great participation this summer everyone. Certainly our biggest cohort in many years. Let’s keep it going and grow even higher next summer.

this is your Rung Master, signing out…



Movement near the Top!

We are almost midway thru August and things are heating up on the Challenge Ladder.

It is almost too hot to hold on! But don’t let go. There is more summer and more matches to be played !

In the wacky world of the ladder, Cliff C. actually defeated Meng K. but due to the timing of that win and subsequent wins by Meng, he is still ahead of Cliff C. Wacky I tell ya!

Speaking of Cliff C….the fans had to get out their Cliffs Notes and a couple of Clif Bars to boot the other day to watch the battle of the Cliffs! Gibbons took down Chuang in a true Cliff-hanger (stolen from Steve Menechetti, I’ll admit) I smell another match in the near future.

Mr Enos sits high at the top of the points ladder. Mr Pollock or Mr Kang are both in position to catch up with a few more challenges and wins! But no doubt Mr Enos will continue to take to the court as well. Could be a real nail biter! #manisandpedis

The weather is pretty gorge. Get out there and drink it up people! The ladder can handle it!

Also, I beat my brother once. He beat me again so we are at 2-1 him with one more Slam to go. If I can take it, we will have to play a 5th match for the Trophy.

-Doug of the Long Legs

Warming Up for the Open!

Hello Out There!

We have had some brutally hot days.

But now the weather is beautiful, as we all begin our preparation for the US Open Series.

There is movement on the ladder:

Sam, Roman and Meng have all moved up several rungs on the Challenge Ladder. Congrats to you guys.

How far can they go? And can anyone stop Novak? These are the question the world is asking.

Some of you may recall that my big brother David and I have a summer ‘Slam’ rivalry of our own. I must report that he took the first Slam, 6-3, 7-5….so it was close, and I think I know what I need to do to reclaim the trophy. Slam 2 will be tomorrow out on Block Island.

Its good to see so many active players on the ladder. Lets keep it going.

August awaits. On the way to Flushing Meadows










Strawberries and Cream

Its all heating up at the All-England Club…Serena and Halep…could be a classic…will Rafa take Fed down tomorrow or will the mighty Roger reassert himself? Can anyone stop the Djoker? Could that person be Bautista-Agut? he has beaten Novak before. But on this kind of stage?

Here on the Summer Challenge Ladder, Mr Wood is making his way up the rungs…can he take it all the way to the top where the mighty Legendre remains top dog?

A fascinating score from the Chuang-Surla-Vargas match: two lopsided sets for each player and then a tight tie-breaker. Tennis can be wacky.

And the 3 point-makers at the top continue to battle it out, with Jeremy and Scott continuing to just constantly play tennis. I am in awe.

On a slightly more serious note, I am including here a link to the code of conduct for Tennis 4all which the Challenge Ladder abides by. Please review and please always let me know if you feel like the principles stated within this link are not being upheld by an opponent. I will always keep your communications anonymous but I do want to hear from you.

A healthy sense of competition should always be present out there on the court sure, but this league is all about providing fun, safe, collegial spaces where friendships might emerge and mutual respect is the way.

Here it is:

Have fun out there.

and for me personally I gotta say…VAMOS RAFA!



Hello Summer Challenge Ladder Warriors!

The battle for Points is getting very interesting with Mr Pollock rising high on the ladder to challenge Mr Surla-Vargas there, and some other folks are directly under him as well.

Mr Legendre continues to lead gracefully at the top of the Standings ladder. Can anyone take him down? What will it take? Mr Menechetti came close but alas…the ladder leader remains the same.

A reminder: when you challenge someone, make sure you are looking at the Standings and NOT the Points ladder to see who is 6 above or 4 below you. We had a little confusion about that. Sometimes of course you challenge someone, make a date to play etc and in the meantime they might move up or down on the ladder and be out of your official range: that is not a big deal and you should just proceed with the match.

Weekend weather looking pretty good! see you out there, on the courts of honor.

Also, (shameless self-promotion section of this announcement) we have only a week and a half left of “Pride and Prejudice” over at the Balch Auditorium on the Tufts Campus. Do come support your Rung Master here, playing Mr Wickham, Mr Collins and yes, Miss Bingley, in a new funkified adaptation of the great Jane Austen story. Here is the link with all the stink!